The daily gossip: Drew Barrymore apologizes for 'making light' of Depp-Heard trial, Meghan Markle animated series canceled by Netflix, and more
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Drew Barrymore apologizes for 'making light' of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial
"It has come to my attention that I have offended people," a pained Drew Barrymore said on Instagram after being criticized for "making light" of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial. On her talk show, Barrymore recently described the legal battle between Depp and Heard, which centers around allegations of domestic abuse, as a "seven-layer dip of insanity." After facing pushback for that characterization, she took to Instagram to "deeply" apologize. "This can be a teachable moment for me in how I move forward and how I conduct myself," she said, promising to "grow and change" while thanking fans for "helping me" do so. Surely, it's the last time anyone will say something about this trial that makes people upset, right?
Netflix cancels an animated series from Meghan Markle
Netflix cancellations have officially hit the Royal Family. The streamer scrapped an upcoming animated series created by Meghan Markle that it announced "with fanfare" last year, Deadline reports. The show was set to follow a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by "extraordinary women throughout history," as Meghan previously said she was "delighted" to announce. This was the second project that was ordered as part of a deal between Netflix and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But after the streamer recently saw its stock tank following a loss in subscribers, the company announced layoffs and scrapped a number of projects — including some animated shows that didn't have a non-working royal attached. Harry and Meghan's production company had also set a docuseries at Netflix called Heart of Invictus, which is apparently still in the works. We'll have to see which high-profile projects get the ax next. Watch out, Obama.
Bill Murray speaks out about inappropriate behavior allegation
What did Bill Murray do on the set of his new movie that led it to suspend production? We still don't exactly know, though Murray is now speaking out about it. Being Mortal, a new movie directed by Aziz Ansari, recently suspended production after Murray was allegedly accused of inappropriate behavior on set. Speaking to CNBC, the Ghostbusters star claimed this was all a matter of having a "difference of opinion" with a woman he was working with. "I did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way," he said. Murray didn't specify what he did, but he said he's "trying to make peace" with the woman and that the whole situation has been "quite an education for me," as "what I always thought was funny as a little kid isn't necessarily the same as what's funny now." It's unclear when production on Being Mortal might resume and whether Murray will still be involved when it does.
'Fast & Furious' sequel lines up its replacement director
That was fast. Days after Justin Lin abruptly stepped down as director of the next Fast & Furious film, Fast X, Universal has reportedly lined up his replacement: Louis Leterrier, who directed 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 2010's Clash of the Titans. According to Variety, he's the studio's "first choice" to take over the movie, though "schedules are still being hammered out." Last week, Lin, who directed five films in the Fast & Furious series, announced he was leaving the tenth movie, even though filming had already started. Deadline cited unspecified "creative differences." Over the weekend, though, Richard Johnson of the New York Daily News claimed Lin left the project because Vin Diesel has been "so difficult" to work with, citing a source who claimed, "Diesel shows up late to the set. He doesn't know his lines. And he shows up out of shape." So yeah, best of luck, Louis!
Did Pete Davidson get a tattoo for Kim Kardashian's children?
Live from Pete Davidson's neck, it's (allegedly) yet another Kim Kardashian tattoo. The Saturday Night Live star has been spotted with a new neck tattoo, which may or may not have been inspired by Kardashian's kids with Kanye West. The tattoo seems to say "KNSCP." Unless he's just a big fan of some obscure radio station we haven't heard of, those letters would appear to represent the names of Kardashian's four kids — North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm — plus a K for Kim, for good measure. If so, this would be Davidson's latest tattoo for Kardashian, who he's been dating since the fall, after he got one that said "My Girl Is A Lawyer" (despite the fact that his girl is, in fact, not technically a lawyer yet). Plus, Kardashian previously revealed Davidson got her name "branded" on his body like a "scar," something she insisted is "so cute." Is that right the word for all this?